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Dougherty & Tweedt's New Survey Article on Recent Work in Religious Epistemology...

...has recently come out at Philosophy Compass. Here's the abstract:
Religious epistemology is the study of how subjects' religious beliefs can have, or fail to have, some form of positive epistemic status (such as knowledge, justification, warrant, and rationality) and whether they even need such status appropriate to their kind. The current debate is focused most centrally upon the kind of basis upon which a religious believer can be rationally justified in holding certain beliefs about God (whether God exists, what attributes God has, what God is doing, etc.) and whether it is necessary to be so justified to believe as a religious believer ought (in some sense of ‘ought’ more general than rational justification). Engaging these issues are primarily three groups of people who call themselves ‘fideists’, ‘Reformed epistemologists’, and ‘evidentialists’. Each group has a position, but the positions are not mutually exclusive in every case, and in the debate, the names better de…

Videos and Podcasts: New Insights and Directions in Religious Epistemology

New Insights and Directions in Religious Epistemology was arguably the most important conference and workshop series in analytic philosophy of religion in recent memory. The videos and podcasts for its concluding event are now available online. Here's the list of speakers and topics:
International Conference on New Insights and Directions for Religious Epistemology 23 - 25 June 2015, Oxford University
Richard Swinburne (Oxford), “Phenomenal Conservatism and Religious Belief" Peter van Inwagen (Notre Dame), “The Rev'd Bayes and the Life Everlasting

John Hawthorne's Recent Defense of the Fine-Tuning Argument

Stay tuned for his recent talk, "Fine-Tuning Fine-Tuning".

(For what it's worth, here's my own worry for fine-tuning arguments for classical theism.)

Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Religion, Vol. 7... due to come out next March. Here's the table of contents:

1. Evil and Evidence, Matthew A. Benton, John Hawthorne, and Yoaav Isaacs
2. Is Petitionary Prayer Superfluous?, Isaac Choi
3. Where Skeptical Theism Fails, Skeptical Atheism Prevails, Paul Draper
4. The Right, the Good, and the Threat of Despair: (Kantian) Ethics and the Need for Hope in God, Kyla Ebels-Duggan
5. A Problem with Theistic Hope, Jeff Jordan
6. Religious Skepticism and Higher-Order Evidence, Nathan L. King
7. Temporary Intrinsics and Christological Predication, Timothy Pawl
8. Can God Repent?, Rik Peels
9. Divine Creative Freedom, Alexander R. Pruss
10. The Permissibility of the Atonement as Penal Substitution, Jada Twedt Strabbing

New Issue of the International Journal for Philosophy of Religion

In defense of the timeless solution to the problem of human free will and divine foreknowledge Ciro De Florio & Aldo Frigerio » Abstract» Full text PDF Article
Grace and favor in Kant’s ethical explication of religion James DiCenso » Abstract» Full text PDF Article
Schopenhauer on religious pessimism Dennis Vanden Auweele » Abstract» Full text PDF Article
Does cognitive humility lead to religious tolerance? Reflections on Craig versus Quinn Michael S. Jones » Abstract» Full text PDF Article
Atheism and epistemic justification J. Angelo Corlett & Josh Cangelosi » Abstract» Full text PDF Article
Why pan-dispositionalism is incompatible with metaphysical naturalism Travis Dumsday » Abstract» Full text PDF Article
The epistemology of divine conceptualism Nathan D. Shannon » Abstract» Full text PDF Book Review
Fiona Ellis, God, Value, and Nature Erik J. Wielenberg » Abstract» Full text PDF Book Review
Trent Dougherty, The problem of animal pain: a theodicy for all creatures great and small Michael J. Murray » Abstr…

An Ontological Disproof of Anselmian Theism

Suppose for reductio that the existence of the god of classical Anselmian theism is metaphysically possible. Let's follow Plantinga's claim here that such a being has the property of maximal greatness, where: (i) a being's maximal greatness entails maximal excellence in every possible world, (ii) maximal excellence includes the classical attributes of omniscience, omnipotence, and moral perfection, and (iii) omnipotence includes the capacity to create or sustain concrete objects distinct from itself without a material cause.  Therefore, if it's metaphysically possible that a maximally great being exists, then such a being exists in all metaphysically possible worlds. Therefore, a maximally great being exists in all metaphysically possible worlds. Now it's also part of the classical conception of the god of Anselmian theism that he is the creator of (at least) all concrete things distinct from himself. Therefore, for any world W that contains a universe of concrete …

CfP: Explaining Religion: Cognitive Science of Religion and Naturalism

Submission deadline: September 15, 2015
Conference date(s): December 4, 2015 - December 5, 2015
Go to the conference's page Conference Venue:
Department of Philosophy, Free University Amsterdam  Amsterdam, Netherlands
Topic areas Philosophy of Religion General Philosophy of Science Philosophy of Cognitive Science

Workshop ‘Explaining Religion. Cognitive Science of Religion and Naturalism’
When: December 4th-5th 2015
Where: VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Organizers: Hans van Eyghen, Rik Peels, and Gijsbert van den Brink
Although Cognitive Science of Religion (CSR) is still a rather young discipline, its main theories have been the subject of considerable debate. One main point of discussion is whether cognitive theories explain religion. The title of Pascal Boyer’s book Religion Explained (2002) signals that at least one goal of CSR is to explain religion. Many authors have interpreted ‘explaining’ as explaining away and have …